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Almost 10,300 trained at the Technical Training Center

In a bleak moment in the history of South Central Kentucky, the sudden closing of the Fruit of the Loom plant and subsequent 30% unemployment in the community, Campbellsville University stepped in to fill an intellectual and spiritual need, and the Technology Training Center (TTC) was created. Today, TTC is helping transform the South Central KY economy into a technology driven one.
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By Joan C. McKinney
News from Campbellsville University

The Technology Training Center at Campbellsville University was started as a response to the closure of the Fruit of the Loom plant in the late 1990s in Campbellsville.

Since establishment of the Tech Center, located at 409 N. Hoskins AV, Campbellsville, KY, a total of almost 10,300 people have received training there.

Classes created for displaced workers

Following the Fruit of the Loom closing, CU begin offering classes to several hundred displaced workers, most of whom completed associate and bachelor's degrees within a few years."CU worked closely with local and state officials in the formation of a new economic development agency and helped prepare a strategic plan for community progress," John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president of Campbellsville University, said.

It was a time when intellectual and spiritual leadership blossomed in a time of challenge and fear when unemployment soared to nearly 30 percent. The university stepped in to provide that leadership.

Coupled community/university cooperation led recovery

"In many ways, CU's community service, coupled with close working partnerships with elected officials and civic leaders, helped facilitate the community's economic recovery," Vice President Chowing said.

Working with local, state, and federal officials, Campbellsville University established the Technology Training Center to increase the number of skilled workers for technology driven occupations in the southern region of the state.

It's purpose was to also make available specialized training as needed for area industry, provide continuing education opportunities for a variety of businesses and professions, offer a series of personal enrichment courses, and offer affordable training to businesses and industries in the region.

The groundbreaking for the center was held in February 2000, and staff moved into the new building in the spring of 2002.

Training programs from healthcare to Kids College

Training programs offered have included the following:
  • Microsoft applications, COMPTIA A+, Metwork+
  • State registered nurse aid (SRNA),
  • GED testing
  • VUE/Pearson Training
  • Prometric Testing
  • Continuing education for electricians and contractors
  • Cisco training
  • Various personal enrichment
  • Kids' College (educational enrichment for elementary and middle school students)
  • office technology
  • workforce essential skills
  • Microsoft certifications
  • electrical wiring
  • LEAN Manufacturing
  • Six Sigma
  • Other health care certifications
  • hospitality industry training
Tech Training Center Enrollment not included
in CU's 20 consecutive semesters of record enrollment

Individuals, who have received training at the center, are not included in the 20 consecutive semesters of record enrollment at CU.

Vice President Chowning said these training programs have been paid for by those receiving training and from federal and state grant programs, and plans are in process to expand the variety and number of training courses available.

Carol Sullivan is the director of the TTC and may be reached at (270) 789-5392 or, for further information.

This story was posted on 2010-07-28 11:26:08
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The Technology Training Center:
Born in days of despair, now a bright beacon

2010-07-28 - Photo by Carol Sullivan. Technology Training Center photo. 409 N. Hoskins AV, Campbellsville, KY
Now a solid contributor to the new technology driven industry development, the institution on the campus of Campbellsville University finds its genesis in some of the bleakest days the region has experienced, when Fruit of the Loom pulled out of Campbellsville and unemployment soared to 30%. Today, the center is proud that nearly 10,300 have benefitted from its classes.

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Kids College at Brockman Center, Hodgenville, KY

2010-07-28 - Photo by Carol Sullivan. 813 Old Elizabethtown RD, Hodgenville, KY
Campbellsville University hosted Kids College at The Brockman Center, 813 Old Elizabethtown RD, Hodgenville, KY, June 19-22, 2010 for students in grades 1-8.Kids College provides young people with opportunities to broaden the scope of their interests and interact with others. During the week they learned about science, birds, books, art, crafts, cooking, drama, model cars and agriculture. Students attending the 2010 Hodgenville Kids College included from left: Front row: Calvin Seiter, Cee Cee Creech, Ella Seiter, Savannah Smith, Haley McDowell, and Chloe Childress, all from Hodgenville; and Evan Waggener from Shelbyville, KY. Row two, from left: William Smith, Seth Miler, Grant Miller, Dylan Grimes, all from Hodgenville; Kyler Lee, Elizabethtown, KY; Mallory Williams, Hodgenville; Kearra Hunt, Magnolia; and Graham Waggener, Shelbyville. Row three, from left: Victoria Smith, Darienne Grimes, Madison Royalty and Madison Lee, all from Hodgenville. For more information on Kids College for next summer, call 270-789-5400. Kids College is one of many programs under the auspices of the Technology Training Center at Campbellsville University, located at 409 N. Hoskins AV, Campbellsville, KY. Campbellsville University Photo by Carol Sullivan, Campbellsville University Technology Training Center and Kids College Director.

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SRNA students at CU Technology Training Center

2010-07-28 - Photo by Carol Sullivan. 409 N. Hoskins AV, Campbellsville, KY
Students Dara Burks, Edmonton, KY and Nicole Robertson, Lebanon, KY, practice using the stethoscope in a (SRNA) Student Registered Nurse Aid training class at the Technology Training Center.

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